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Pinstripes can be traced to Chicago

Q: Which professional sports team was the first to wear pinstripes?

Dr. David Brecher, Palm Harbor

A: According to Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century

by Marc Okkonen, "Pinstriping in the fabric first appeared around 1907 _ a fine, narrowly spaced line on the road grays that was barely visible from a distance. The Chicago Cubs were reportedly the first to use this pattern, but the Boston National club went a step further with a discernible green pinstripe on their 1907 road suits." Football teams predating the 1920 formation of what we now know as the National Football League wore single-color knit uniforms, according to Joe Horrigan, curator of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Likewise, there appears to be no evidence of pinstripes worn by pro teams predating the formation of leagues that came to be known as the National Hockey League (1917) and National Basketball Association (1925).

Q: How can Dennis Rodman wear No.

91? I thought NBA rules required jersey numbers that could be signaled to the scorer's table by the referee using just one hand, allowing anything from 0 or 00 to 55.

Harry L. Hodge, Bradenton

A: The NBA has no such rule. The NCAA, however, does. It says, in part, that "legal" numbers for college teams are 0, 3, 4, 5, 00, 10-15, 20-25, 30-35, 40-45 and 50-55. It also says that starting in 1996-97, team rosters can include No.

0 or 00 but not both.

Q: When were the New York Yankees born?

Walt Bonser, St. Petersburg

A: On Jan.

9, 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the Baltimore franchise of the American League for $18,000 and moved it to New York. The team was known as the Highlanders and played at Hilltop Park until April 1913 when it was renamed the Yankees and moved into the Polo Grounds, which it shared with the New York Giants. Yankee Stadium opened April

18, 1923.

_ BRUCE LOWITT

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